I have numerous anxiety disorders- and next week we are taking a tent camping trip with our 3 daughters. While I camped when I was younger- being a mom and a super high anxiety level has been giving me sleepless nights already.
We are going to a park camping- where I often camped growing up. I don’t ever remember having problems with bears there- just at other locations in northern michigan when we camped. Anyways- when I called the park office to inquire about the bears- I felt so silly and irrational- that I was almost hysterically laughing when I asked if they had bears- so after that question, i thanked the young man and hung up. I am now wishing I had asked more questions. He did say "We are next to the woods, so there can be bears"
I’ve been up there recently visiting some family camping- and almost everyone (that i remember) has campers and pop-ups. I don’t remember anyone or very people were in tents. We cannot afford a camper, nor can we afford to rent one right now- and we do have a very nice 10 person tent we have used before. But sleeping in a tent with the possibility of bears is freaking me the f out – to be honest.
(1) Should I call the park and inquire more about the bears? (How often do they come to the campground- etc…)
(2) Would I be better off paying 10 dollars more a night to camp at a location more south of where I am where they don’t have bears? (peace of mind)
(3) If we do camp there- where would be the best place to camp to put the less likelyhood of a bear visiting our campsite? The campside is surrounded by a winding large river on two sides and the other two sides are a national forrest. Would we be better off camping as close to the river as possible- farther away from the woods as we could? Should we camp near other tent campers? My fear is that people in trailers aren’t worried about the bears- and that they will leave food or something out to attract the bears and then they will come to our little measly tent next door.
(4) Please don’t laugh- I know this fear seems irrational- because all fears are- but to me it’s a very real fear.
ok this is where i get paranoid- i realize bears are attracted the food/scents. Because the campground isn’t in bear country (northern michigan or the UP) and it’s classified as "occassional bear sightings" on the DNR map- they don’t have bear proof food storage lockers. People just leave their coolers etc sitting outside their campers. So this is why I am a little freaked out and considering finding somewhere more southern where its even less of a threat.